I have been enjoying the week here in the Outer Banks with the family. The past couple of days we have spent the morning hours at various national parks helping the boys earn their Junior Ranger badges and patches. I must say as a side note, it has been really neat to see the boys work hard and then get sworn in as Junior Rangers. Today’s trip was to Bodie Island Lighthouse. During one of the ranger talks our eldest son, Eli, asked a question, “how was the island made?” I thought that was a pretty good question coming from a six year old. A simple question that only required a simple answer. However, what ensued was anything but simple, and it revealed man’s craziness in trying to explain away the awesome power of our God. Rather than giving the simple, truthful answer of “God made it,” the ranger began his “simple” answer by saying “well the easiest answer is to begin with geography.” The simple answer went on for about another 10 minutes in which all I could understand was that it took millions of years and if the Outer Banks are left undisturbed for thousands and thousands of years, the process could be duplicated. Now please understand that the Ranger did a nice thing by trying to answer the question, and he gave his answer based on what he has been taught. But it reminds me of the truth of Romans 1:22-25 says, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Notice it says “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Also notice “and changed the glory of the uncorruptivle God into an image made like to corruptible man.” Finally notice they “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.” This accurately describes the plight of man. I found it interesting that the ranger also admitted that the process done in the 1930’s of building dunes to preserve the island was actually found to be shrinking the island in the 1970’s. This proves once again that God’s plan is perfect, and all men do when they try to make it better is actually destroy God’s masterpiece. Let us all be reminded of the truth in Psalm 72:18-19, “Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.”
By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him!